Hundreds Participate in Energy-free Dance for Earth Hour | WWF Malaysia

Hundreds Participate in Energy-free Dance for Earth Hour



Posted on 30 March 2015
Some of the hundreds of excited Earth Hour 2015 Night Walk participants gathered under the Lion Head at Sunway Pyramid shortly before the countdown to Earth Hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on 28 March 2015
© Nicholas Teh / WWF-Malaysia
Petaling Jaya – The Earth Hour event organised by WWF-Malaysia and Sunway Shopping Malls, and sponsored by Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, saw more than 1,000 participants taking part in a 1.8 kilometre Night Walk and an energy-free dance to show their support for environmental conservation. Earth Hour, which took place from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on 28 March 2015, is a global environmental initiative by WWF that asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioural changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle, to help minimise the adverse impacts of climate change. Climate change is the alteration of the climate patterns in terms of temperature and rainfall largely caused by human activities.
 
WWF-Malaysia thanked the participants, and urged everyone to “Use Your Power to Change Climate Change” even beyond Earth Hour, by supporting the organisation’s forest conservation efforts at wwf.org.my.
 
“Conservation is the key to climate action. Our natural ecosystems like forests, river basins, flood plains, mangroves and coral reefs – that capture carbon in exchange for oxygen, regulate the water cycle, provide soil stability, protect our coastlines and provide nursing grounds for fish – as well as biodiversity that provides an amazing gene pool, pollinates and maintains ecosystem balance – are the best insurance against a changing climate. Which is why in addition to calling on individuals to adopt less carbon intensive lifestyles and working with businesses towards more sustainable business practices, WWF-Malaysia also undertakes biodiversity conservation projects. It is important to conserve our forests not only because they are vital carbon sinks which help regulate the climate. Forests also have significant economic and ecological value from supporting biodiversity, providing clean water supply, food security and soil stability, as well as supporting local livelihoods,” said Lavanya Rama Iyer Head of Policy and Climate Change, WWF-Malaysia.
 
“Being the first shopping mall in the country to officially celebrate Earth Hour together with WWF-Malaysia in 2011, we are excited once again to join with WWF in engaging our shoppers, other components of Sunway Resort City, and members of the public to participate in the exciting "Night Walk", in conjunction with Earth Hour. Our mall in Penang, Sunway Carnival will also be doing their part by turning off non-essential lights. Keeping to our commitment on environmental conservation and as the leading iconic tourist destination in Selangor, we hope to inspire others to do more for Mother Nature with this green initiative. We all have a choice in protecting Mother Nature. Let it be the right choice always,” said Kevin Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Sunway Shopping Malls.
 
“For the past seven years, Digi has been actively supporting Earth Hour activities as part of our continuous effort to encourage customers to reduce their shared climate impact by adopting a more sustainable lifestyle. This year, in line with the theme, we are excited to introduce an innovative solar-powered device charging station prototype for participants to use. This is part of Digi’s environmental initiatives to address energy saving and promote the use of renewable energy amongst Malaysians. We also continue with our support by sponsoring 200 customers as participants to this year’s Earth Hour Night Walk,” said Philip Ling, Digi’s Project Manager for Sustainability.
 
WWF-Malaysia thanks all Earth Hour 2015 participants for their support as well as venue partner Sunway Pyramid and corporate sponsor Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd; along with volunteers from 1M4U, dancers from Sunway Dance Club and Monash Dance Fusion Club; Hands Percussion and Maybelline Wong for contributing their time and talent. 
 
WWF-Malaysia thanks the following corporations that sponsored more than 30 staff members to participate in the Earth Hour Night Walk:   AEON Malaysia, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Ernst & Young Malaysia, HSBC Malaysia, HSBC Electronic Data Processing Sdn Bhd, Ken Holdings, Maybank, Nestlé Products Sdn Bhd, Senheng Electric (KL) Sdn Bhd and Stamford College. All proceeds from the sale of walk packs will be channelled to WWF-Malaysia's conservation efforts.
 
WWF-Malaysia also thanks the following door gift sponsors: Coca-Cola Malaysia – also a valued WWF-Malaysia corporate partner – as well as Energizer, Nando's, BarBQ Plaza, Xixili, Juice Works, Burt's Bees, The Manhattan Fish Market, Polo Haus, Pisidia, Caffe benne, Santa Barbara, Dubu Dubu, The Chicken Rice Shop, Mary Chia, Coffee Bean, Sephora and Kiehl's.
 
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About WWF-Malaysia:
 
WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia), the national conservation trust, currently runs more than 90 projects covering a diverse range of environmental protection work. Since 1972, WWF-Malaysia has worked on important conservation projects, from saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, to protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas. We also undertake environmental education and advocacy work to achieve conservation goals. By conserving our natural resources, WWF-Malaysia is helping to protect our livelihoods, food and water supply, thus securing our good quality of life and our children’s bright future. We thank our supporters whose donations enable our conservation work. If you would like to donate to WWF-Malaysia or learn more about our projects, please call: +603-7450 3773 or visit our website at: wwf.org.my

 
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Jane Priya,
Supporter Engagement,
Senior Executive, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +6012 3602720 
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Some of the hundreds of excited Earth Hour 2015 Night Walk participants gathered under the Lion Head at Sunway Pyramid shortly before the countdown to Earth Hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on 28 March 2015
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(From left) Mr Kevin Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Sunway Shopping Malls; Miss Lavanya Rama Iyer WWF-Malaysia Head of Policy and Climate Change; the WWF panda mascot; and Mr Philip Ling, Digi’s Project Manager for Sustainability at the Earth Hour 2015 media conference.
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Earth Hour 2015 Night Walk at Sunway Pyramid participants.
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